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Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester, Inc. - AFB Directory Profile

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Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester, Inc.
422 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620-1198
(585) 232-1111 (Local)
(585) 232-7074 (Fax)
(585) 232-1698 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

Founded in 1911, ABVI-Goodwill is the only not-for-profit organization in Greater Rochester providing a full range of programs, services and jobs to people who are blind or visually impaired. Its mission is to prepare and empower people who are blind or visually impaired to be self-sufficient and contribute to their families and communities.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 2,500
Number of staff: 320
Geographic area served: Monroe County, New York and its eight surrounding counties.
Publications: The Beacon (quarterly newsletter)


A. Gidget Hopf, President/CEO,
Jennifer Lake, Employment Specialist,
Nancy Nealon, Director of Clinical & Community Services, (585) 697-5748

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Business/Personal Services
    • Offers shopping assistance for seniors.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Offers training in the use of adaptive technology for seniors.
  • Counseling
    • Facilitates peer support groups and provides therapeutic individual and group counseling.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers a full range of training and services for activities related to daily living and vocational rehabilitation.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides supported employment, vocational preparation, job skills training, agency-based direct-labor employment in manufacturing, food service, call center and corporate placement programs.
  • Library Services
    • Provides braille, large-print and talking book materials and other library services for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up. Prescribes and supplies state of the art low vision devices. Non-optical items can be purchased at ABVI-Goodwill's Consumer Shoppe.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers recreational activities for seniors.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Provides a comprehensive array of low vision, vision rehabilitation, and social and support services to older adults and their caregivers.
  • Support Groups
    • Facilitates support groups.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training including long-cane skills, public transportation, sensory development, sighted guide and street travel.

Services for Children

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Provides community outreach services for preventative eye care for uninsured children and adults through Project Eye Care and Vision Care for Kids programs.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Provides instruction on visual stimulation, tracking and scanning, spatial concepts, auditory development, reaching, crawling and walking. Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists are available to work with a child at home, daycare, pre-school or any other specified natural environment.

      Offers home- and agency-based early intervention support services for infants and toddlers. A bi-weekly playgroup therapy session is available for the young child and their parent.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers programs and services to emphasize skills related to life during and after high school. These include: interest inventories, college exploration, appropriate social skills, career exploration and work experiences. Transition services are provided both on an individual basis as well as group activities.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Vision Care for Kids ensures that unisured school-age children in the Rochester City School District who are having trouble seeing the blackboard, receive an eye examination and are able to obtain eyeglasses to maximize their sight.

      During a child's exam, various tests are conducted to evaluate visual function and to determine what types of optical aids can be prescribed to maximize residual vision. The doctors who specialize in low vision are able to recommend electronic and non-electronic devices which will allow a child to be as successful as possible with tasks at school, home or in the community.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Has a preschool playgroup as well as year-round activities for different age groups, which are usually held during school breaks.

      Offers home- and agency-based preschool support services for blind or visually impaired children by professionally certified vision rehabilitation staff.
  • Recreation Services
    • Year-round recreational and socially based programs are offered to children, infant to age fourteen. These programs and events are geared towards the individual children or the entire family. These programs may include: multiple-day skill building programs, one time family oriented events, collaborations with area agencies etc.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Sponsors year-round activities, including the Summer Sizzle program, a five-day program that focuses on age-appropriate skill development career exploration and planning, life skills, computer training, and social recreational activities.
  • Support for Parents
    • Provides parents with much-needed opportunities to network, seek advice from our professional staff, and learn new skills alongside their children.

      Provides resource information and education both on a formal and informal basis. This includes resource information to parents and other professionals, training opportunities for others involved in a child's activities and referrals to other organizations.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Offers sensitivity to blindness training for new staff, volunteers, board members and for community at large, and in-service training for professionals assisting people who are blind or visually impaired.

Ongoing Events/Programs

Summer Sizzle Program
Children's Playgroup
Kid Connect

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